Sadly, we seem to need poster children - or poster animals - to make urgent the actions that should've been taken long ago.Not that these victims ever asked to be made martyrs.She thinks the backlash against the backlash is actually a good thing.
It's hard to imagine we'd ever have created a Megan's Law, for example, if 7-year-old Megan Kanka hadn't been brutally murdered by convicted sex offender Jesse Timmendequas, who lived across the street from her in Hamilton Township, N. Their case put a name and a face to a brand of crime so heinous it prompted legislation that created a sex-offender registry soon copied around the nation.
I also doubt that the Confederate flag - an enduring symbol of hate, bigotry and racism - ever would've been removed from the South Carolina Capitol grounds had the public not learned the names and seen photos of the church worshippers mowed down by alleged murderer Dylann Roof, who embraced the Stars and Bars.
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Cecil is located in the geographical center of Cecil Township.
Ronnie Polaneczky, a journalist for 30 years, is a Metro columnist at the Daily News, where she has won numerous journalism awards for listening to the city she loves and telling its stories in ways that get to the heart of who we are. Pulliam Journalism Fellowship for her coverage of elderly parents who are still responsible for the care of their intellectually disabled, aging children.